About the Competition

SILA – The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles presents our 58th annual Illustration West.

Illustration West is an annual competition and exhibition highlighting the year’s best illustration – both from L.A. and from all around the world. SILA is proud to represent established and emerging artists and demonstrate that this continues to be an exciting era for illustration.


Scroll down to see judges, category, entry and payment information.

Co-Show Chairs

Chuck Grieb and Wendy Grieb

©2019 Chuck Grieb


Tony Diterlizzi

©2019 Tony Diterlizzi

[click HERE to read interview with Tony by Chuck Grieb and Wendy Grieb]

Scott Gustafson

©2019 Scott Gustafson

Whitney Leader-Picone
Senior Designer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers

[click HERE to read interview with Whitney by Chuck Grieb and Wendy Grieb]

Tiffanie Mang

©2019 Tiffanie Mang

Sharismar Rodriguez
Associate Art Director
Houghton Mifflin Harcurt Books for Young Readers

Kit Seaton

©2019 Kit Seaton

[click HERE to read interview with Kit by Chuck Grieb and Wendy Grieb]

Hala Swearingen

©2019 Hala Swearingen

[click HERE to read interview with Hala by Chuck Grieb and Wendy Grieb]

Our Competition Sponsor


Competition Rules

  • Submission Deadline – 


  • Entry Fee
    $35 per entry (standard non-member entrants).
    $15 per entry for SILA Members (non-members visit si-la.org for membership details).
    $15 per entry for entries in the Student category.
    Entry fee in full must accompany all submissions. Entry fees are not refundable.

PAYMENT can be made as you enter each piece or all at once when you’ve uploaded your work. You can pay by check (USD), your bank’s “Zelle” function or by Paypal.

Choose “Send Money”, then, using our main email address info@si-la.org, follow their directions. You can put “ILW58” in the notes field.  Contact Alyce at the office if you have any questions. 800-799-6368 or info@si-la.org.

    • Exhibition Fee – Only paid if you are accepted by the judges and choose to exhibit
      $55 per accepted entry (standard non-member entrants).
      $35 for SILA Members.
      $35 for students exhibiting their own artwork in the Student category.
      The exhibition fee is required for inclusion on the illustrationwest.org website. There is no extra charge for the public gallery hanging but you must be part of the Illustration West website exhibition to be included in the public gallery exhibition.
    •  Eligibility
      Except for the Visual Development category, any illustration created in or published between November 2018 and October 2019 is eligible. The work in Visual Development category can date back 2 years. Entries from around the world are welcome.
    • Procedure
      Each original illustration is a separate entry. Do not submit campaigns or complete books as one entry. Complete and submit an entry form for each individual piece – uploading your images and all applicable details. Fees can be paid using Paypal, your bank’s Zelle service (QuickPay, POP Money, Bill Pay) or by mail with a check or money order.

    Entry Categories

    For examples of work in these categories from last year’s exhibition, you can browse the Category menu of Illustration West 57.

        • Advertising
          Commissioned and published work used for consumer/trade print ads, fashion, point of-purchase, product, packaging, outdoor, websites and other forms of promotional media.
        • Book
          Commissioned and published work for fiction/non-fiction, hard & soft cover books. Includes young adult, adult, and cookbooks.
        • Cartoon (our newest category)
          Commissioned and published work used in newspaper strips, newspaper panels, TV animation, feature animation, newspaper illustration, gag cartoons, book illustration, greeting cards, comic books, magazine feature/magazine illustration, and editorial cartoons.
        • Children’s Market
          Commissioned and published work used for the children’s market.
        • Editorial
          Commissioned and published work for newspapers, magazines, blogs, courtroom sketches including spots, and humorous works (see new Cartoon Category for work in the cartoon field.
        • Entertainment & Visual Development
          Commissioned and published work for promotion or packaging of entertainment events, products and organizations, including: music, motion picture, DVD/video, television, computer games, live entertainment or Commissioned work for a production of a motion picture, animation, video games, and television. Examples: character designs, layout, visual development, background paintings, and storyboards.
        • Gallery
          Any work produced for the purpose of showing at a gallery or museum.
        • Graphic Novels / Comic Books
          Commissioned and published work for fiction/non-fiction, comic books, and graphic novels. Including: character designs, layout, visual development, background paintings, pin-ups, and storyboards.
        • Institutional
          Commissioned and published work for annual reports, corporate projects, capability projects, in-house publications, illustrated company logos, calendars, menus, calligraphy, non self-promotional greeting cards, philatelic, and collectibles.
        • Student
          Work created for classroom projects only. Must include instructor and school for each entry.
        • Unpublished & Self-Promotional
          Any self-promotional work, whether commissioned or not commissioned. Sourcebook ads, mailers, gallery work, portfolio pieces, experimental, fine art. Includes all Artist’s Rep or Gallery commissioned work.

    Fill out entry forms completely. Email notifications will be sent once final judging has closed. SILA reserves the right to verify information and/or reassign an entry into the correct category.

    By submitting entries, artists acknowledge SILA’s right to use images and associated information for public exhibition, education, publication and promotion of Illustration West and SILA – The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.


    All entrants will be notified by email.
    Judges’ decisions are final.


    For examples award-winning work from last year’s exhibition, browse the Awards menu of Illustration West 57.

        • Joseph Morgan Henninger Award – Best of Show
          This award is presented to the best of all the Gold Award winners and is named for SILA’s first President during our founding year in 1953.
        • Patrick Nagel Award for Excellence
          This award is presented to the second best of all the Gold Award winners and is named to honor a great illustrator, Patrick Nagel.
        • Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are awarded individually for in each category.

    Work entered in the Student and Unpublished / Self-Promotional categories will not be eligible for the Henninger or Nagel Awards.
    All accepted entries will receive Certificates of Merit.
    Award-winning artwork must be available for use on the Web site.

    Scholarship Awards

          • Scholarships are presented to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners from the Student category.
            • Gold – Phillip Hays “I love it. I think it’s terrific.” $1000 Scholarship
            • Silver – Elin Waite & Dick Oden $750 Scholarship
            • Bronze – Bill Tara $500 Scholarship


    P.O. Box 8143 Van Nuys, CA 91409-8143

Entering the Competition